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Todd Golub and bottom-up creativity

February 26, 2024 Itai Yanai & Martin Lercher Season 4 Episode 15
Todd Golub and bottom-up creativity
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Todd Golub and bottom-up creativity
Feb 26, 2024 Season 4 Episode 15
Itai Yanai & Martin Lercher

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Prof. Todd Golub, the Director of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, has made important contributions to cancer research. In this episode, he argues that creativity is the greatest hallmark of a successful scientist, and he tells us about his artist-in-residence program at the Broad. As its director, he aims to hire researchers who look like they'll be changing fields in the future, combining boldness with humility – the "blank slate" with which they enter the new field is the best recipe for creativity. We discuss how the best projects cannot be designed but instead evolve from the bottom up; and how the worst projects are those that succeed but are so incremental that no one cares.

For more information on Night Science, visit https://www.biomedcentral.com/collections/night-science .

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Prof. Todd Golub, the Director of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, has made important contributions to cancer research. In this episode, he argues that creativity is the greatest hallmark of a successful scientist, and he tells us about his artist-in-residence program at the Broad. As its director, he aims to hire researchers who look like they'll be changing fields in the future, combining boldness with humility – the "blank slate" with which they enter the new field is the best recipe for creativity. We discuss how the best projects cannot be designed but instead evolve from the bottom up; and how the worst projects are those that succeed but are so incremental that no one cares.

For more information on Night Science, visit https://www.biomedcentral.com/collections/night-science .